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A Dangerous Road (Smokey Dalton, #1) by Kris Nelscott
While Nelscott must have done a ton of research to be able to evoke Memphis, it is integrated well, feeling organic to the story. He is drawn in inadvertently, first as he attempts to help two teenage boys with an indifferent mother, and secondly through his ties to the black community. Narrative challenges of diving back into the past is done well, feeling seamless. I strongly recommend it. View all 8 comments. A very well-researched, well-written detective mystery set in Black P. Now an adult, he is living and working in Memphis. Right in the middle of the sanitation workers strike, a rich, young white woman walks into his office to find out why her mother left him a very generous bequest in her will.
Smoky Dalton is a very complex and likable character.
A Dangerous Road: a Smokey Dalton Novel by Kris Nelscott (2012, Paperback)
All the characters in this novel were well-developed and believable. I really enjoyed how actual historic events of this period were woven into the story. Format note: Mirron Willis did an excellent job narrating the audiobook. Feb 06, Melodie rated it it was amazing Shelves: read Set in Memphis during the time leading up to Martin Luther King's assassination.
You would never think that this book written about a black man in was written by a young white woman who probably wasn't even born when the story takes place.
follow site Kris Nelscott is a pen name for Kristine Kathryn Rusch who writes under several other names and in conjunction with several other authors. Those collaborative meetings may help with the main gripe I found in the present volume: Smokey Dalton is a bit too wishy-washy for my taste. For anyone familiar wi Kris Nelscott is a pen name for Kristine Kathryn Rusch who writes under several other names and in conjunction with several other authors.
For anyone familiar with Memphis the book has that added factor. I knew every geographical reference he made, right down to the address of his 'office,' all based on three days spent roaming the city. It isn't very big, really, and it has a relatively small number of important sites. When he mentioned the Peabody Hotel, he even glanced off the topic of the ducks that can be looked up. Geography and history figure strongly in the book's appeal. More of a procedural than a real mystery, and heavily into the weekend Martin Luther King, Jr. Knowing of an event in advance does not diminish the impact with historical fiction written this well.
I like the main character and detail, this is a series that I will follow. I liked it. It was tight well constructed to the main characters and a bit of an emotional ride. Still it is a very easy read. I was not sure how I would handle the history mix, I've never been a fan of historical fiction, but it was alright. It has an element I've noticed in a couple other good easy to read books. It is set in a small area, Memphis but mostly around Beale St.
This cuts out writing a lot of scenery detail to focus on character. Both are set in the past, early 50's for Flavia and late 60's for Smokey, and both revolve around a small area. View all 3 comments. Set in Memphis in the weeks leading up to the assassination of Martin Luther King, we join Smokey Dalton as he juggles two distractions from the complexities of racial tension: a woman trying to understand a legacy, and a boy in a dangerous state of neglect. Although Nelscott is not a POC this is a pen name of Kristine Kathryn Rusch , she treats the setting with gravity and depth, and I found this a thoroughly engrossing piece to listen to.
The narrator is also excellent. Planning to pick up ano Set in Memphis in the weeks leading up to the assassination of Martin Luther King, we join Smokey Dalton as he juggles two distractions from the complexities of racial tension: a woman trying to understand a legacy, and a boy in a dangerous state of neglect. Planning to pick up another in this series next time I'm in the mood for a private detective. Jun 22, Wendy rated it really liked it Shelves: completed-state-challenge , usa-tuv. The mystery is only part of the story.
Smokey is a African American PI.
He is paid to find out why a white woman's mother bequeathed him money. The story is smack in the middle of the civil rights movement. Smokey just wants people to work together while his friends and acquaintances are dissatisfied and impatient with MLK tactics. MLK plays a small part in this book.
Tennessee state challenge. Sep 25, Alison Holt rated it it was amazing. An excellent read. I haven't read any of this author's Smokey Dalton books, but, as usual, she doesn't disappoint. She is a fantastic writer who knows how to tell a story. Set in Memphis in , the book begins with Smokey on the run with a child, driving cross country, having something vaguely to do with the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Smokey is an off the books detective meaning, no license who does "odd jobs" for people, largely from Montgomery's Black community. One day a white woman, from obvious wealth, stops into his office and hires him to find out how her Set in Memphis in , the book begins with Smokey on the run with a child, driving cross country, having something vaguely to do with the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
One day a white woman, from obvious wealth, stops into his office and hires him to find out how her parents--who left Smokey a small bequest in their will--knew him. He is intrigued, as ten years earlier, he received a similar anonymous gift, and has never been able to determine its source. Needless to say, this simple job become incredibly complicated as both he and his client learn more and more about themselves.
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At the same time, a parallel story developes. Smokey has taken a young man under his protection, as his mother disappeared as she has done repeatedly over the years.
This time, the abandonment appears permanent, and the kid's brother is becoming involved with drug dealers and political radicals. Side note and minor spoiler: the Black Panthers are painted as horrible, playing up all the propaganda about naive armed revolution, with no hint of the survival programs and community organizing efforts of the Panthers--the saving grace is that he hints that they may not be "real" Panthers at all.
Added to this already complex mix is the Memphis garbage strike, rising protests, and the appearance of Martin Luther King in support of the strikers. As if he doesn't have anything else to do, Smokey also is tasked with providing the local eyes and ears for King's security team. This all makes for an explosive mixture of the personal and political, wrapped around a fascinating mystery--how did Smokey know his benefactors?
Nelscott writes superbly, with interesting language, and lots of plot tension.
Very well done and highly recommended. A book that almost makes me give a rating of 5 stars. This is one of the very few books that move me to give the highest rating — 5 stars — to a book.